WASHINGTON — Honoring his leadership in promoting and playing in the Congressional Basketball Game to help the homeless, U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre’s jersey was retired recently just before halftime of the charity classic.
Congressman McIntyre, D-Elizabethtown, and other members of the U.S. House and Senate participated in the 27th annual Home Court Charity Basketball Game to raise money for services to the homeless.
The Members of Congress, “Hill’s Angels”, took on the faculty of the Georgetown Law School, “Hoya Lawyas”, in a lively 40-minute basketball game that resulted in a close 46-40 win for the Members of Congress.
This year’s event raised more than $600,000 for the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, a non-profit that provides legal services and assistance to homeless individuals.
McIntyre has participated in the Home Court Charity Basketball game for five consecutive years, both as a player and as a player-coach, and he has recruited fellow lawmakers to join the team each year.
In recognition of his tireless support of Home Court, Congressman McIntyre’s No. 7 jersey was honorarily retired during this year’s game.
“It’s an honor to join my fellow Members of Congress and the Georgetown Law Faculty in this ‘March Madness’ charity game every year,” McIntyre said. “No matter who comes out victorious when the final buzzer goes off, the true winners here are the homeless who benefit from the funds raised at the Home Court Charity Basketball Game. Congratulations to the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless for raising over $600,000 and for hosting such a ‘slam dunk’ event.”
During the five years that Congressman McIntyre has participated in the charity basketball game, more than $3 million has been raised to provide assistance to more than 5,000 homeless individuals.
McIntyre is the co-chairman and founder of the Congressional Youth Sports Caucus.